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Mapping the energy consumption of household refrigerators by varying the refrigerant charge and the expansion restriction.

Number: pap. n. 1

Author(s) : BOENG J., MELO C.

Summary

In this work, the thermodynamic behavior of a household refrigerator was experimentally studied by simultaneously varying the refrigerant charge and the expansion restriction. A special charging device was designed and constructed for this purpose comprised of a cylinder, a load cell and two solenoid valves. In addition, the original capillary tube was replaced with a larger-diameter capillary tube and installed in series with a metering valve. The expansion restriction was varied by adjusting the capillary tube-metering valve pair to settings higher and lower than that of the original system. A total of 95 measurements were recorded with different combinations of refrigerant charge and expansion restriction. The energy consumption was measured according to a steady-state methodology which substantially reduced the testing time. A minimum energy consumption region comprised of several combinations of refrigerant charge and expansion restriction was clearly identified. It was also observed that an improper combination of capillary tube and expansion restriction may increase the energy consumption by up to 30%.

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  • Original title: Mapping the energy consumption of household refrigerators by varying the refrigerant charge and the expansion restriction.
  • Record ID : 30006392
  • Languages: English
  • Source: RCR 2012. 3rd IIR Workshop on Refrigerant Charge Reduction in Refrigerating Systems: Valencia, Spain, October 25-26, 2012.
  • Publication date: 2012/10/25

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